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Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 15, 2019 at 12:35.

CDC Report Offers New Insights Into Last Winter's Historically Deadly Flu

CDC Report Offers New Insights Into Last Winter's Historically Deadly Flu

Last year’s flu season was one of the worst ones we’ve seen in decades, with nearly 80,000 flu-related deaths and the highest hospitalization rate for the virus in modern history. But new estimations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are giving us an even clearer idea of just how bad last year’s flu season really was.

A report from the CDC published this week estimated...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 15, 2019 at 03:01.

People Still Weird About the Flu Shot

People Still Weird About the Flu Shot

While the flu is no picnic for anyone, it can be especially risky and sometimes deadly for young children. But a new survey suggests many people still avoid the flu shot because of misconceptions about how it works, including that the vaccine actually can give you the flu.

The nationally representative survey was conducted by Orlando Health, one of Florida’s largest, private, not-for-profit...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 14, 2019.

How Much Worse Could This Measles Outbreak Get?

How Much Worse Could This Measles Outbreak Get?

As of this week, there have been 695 cases of measles in the U.S. across more than 20 states this year—the highest annual toll seen since the disease was declared extinguished in the U.S. in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Given that it’s only April and we’ve already broken a yearly record, it’s worth wondering: Just how much worse could things get?

Measles...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 14, 2019.

Health Officials Warn New Yorkers to Vaccinate Their Pets as Rabid Raccoons Appear in Manhattan

Health Officials Warn New Yorkers to Vaccinate Their Pets as Rabid Raccoons Appear in Manhattan

The Big Apple is staring down a problem it hasn’t seen in roughly eight years: rabid raccoons in Manhattan.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Friday that officials have identified four raccoons with rabies around Inwood Hill Park since the start of the year. The health department is now advising residents in the area to make sure that pets are up to date with...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 14, 2019.

The Current Ebola Outbreak in Africa has Become the Second Largest in History

The Current Ebola Outbreak in Africa has Become the Second Largest in History

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has reached an especially tragic milestone. According to the World Health Organization, the outbreak is now the second-largest recorded in Ebola’s 42-year-long known history.

On Thursday, the WHO reported that there have been 426 confirmed or probable cases of the viral disease in the DRC since July, with 245 confirmed or...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 14, 2019.

44 Cases of Measles Confirmed in Washington State Amid Ongoing Outbreak

44 Cases of Measles Confirmed in Washington State Amid Ongoing Outbreak

The measles outbreak that led Washington Governor Jay Inslee to declare a public health emergency last month has worsened, with a dozen more cases of the highly contagious virus confirmed since.

The number of measles cases in the state has risen to 44, per the Washington State Department of Health, with 43 confirmed cases and an additional eight suspected cases in Clark County where the...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 14, 2019.

New Maine Law Ends Non-Medical Excuses for Avoiding Vaccination

New Maine Law Ends Non-Medical Excuses for Avoiding Vaccination

The state of Maine has joined California, West Virginia, and Mississippi in barring the use of religious and philosophical exemptions to opt out of school immunization requirements.

Governor Janet Mills signed the bill on Friday after it was narrowly passed by state legislators last week. The state senate voted to approve the bill in a 19-16 vote on Thursday. The state house passed the bill in...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 14, 2019. 20 comments

Anti-Vaxxers Fail to Block New York Law Eliminating Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Requirements

Anti-Vaxxers Fail to Block New York Law Eliminating Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Requirements

A New York State Supreme Court Justice on Friday rejected a suit brought by 55 families attempting to block the state’s recently passed law “eliminating exemptions to school vaccination requirements on the basis of religious beliefs,” Ars Technica reported.

New York is the state hardest hit this year by outbreaks of measles, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 13, 2019.

Public Health Experts Call for Aggressive, Global Push Against Antivaxxers

Public Health Experts Call for Aggressive, Global Push Against Antivaxxers

Public health experts are fed up with the anti-vaccination movement, which is most recently behind a surge of the completely preventable disease measles in the U.S. this year. So much so that a group of them has decided to issue a statement calling for institutions around the world—from search engines and social media outlets to governments—to forcibly rein them in.

Crafted by some of the most...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 13, 2019.

Humans Rarely Tweet About Vaccines, but Bots Love to Slam Them

Humans Rarely Tweet About Vaccines, but Bots Love to Slam Them

The anti-vaccination movement might be getting a boost from Twitter bots and Russian trolls, suggests a new study published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health. It found that certain kinds of bot accounts were more likely to send antivax tweets than were accounts belonging to actual people, while alleged troll accounts were more likely to stoke the flames of controversy by...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 12, 2019.

The Flu Killed More Americans Last Winter Than It Has in Decades

The Flu Killed More Americans Last Winter Than It Has in Decades

This past winter’s flu season was quickly recognized as one of the worst to come along in a long time. But new data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention highlights just destructive it was in the United States. According to new data, there were 80,000 flu-related deaths last season, the single highest toll seen in at least four decades.

Across the board, the 2017-2018 flu season...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 12, 2019.

New York Will No Longer Allow Vaccine Exemptions for Religious Reasons Amid Ongoing Measles Outbreaks

New York Will No Longer Allow Vaccine Exemptions for Religious Reasons Amid Ongoing Measles Outbreaks

New York lawmakers voted on Thursday to repeal vaccine exemptions for religious reasons in school-age children as the state continues to battle ongoing measles outbreaks.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation to bar the non-medical exemptions “minutes” after it was approved by the state legislature, the Associated Press reported Thursday, and it will go into effect immediately. The...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 12, 2019.

Instagram Purges Its Platform of Some Popular Anti-Vaccine Hashtags, But Others Are Still Thriving

Instagram Purges Its Platform of Some Popular Anti-Vaccine Hashtags, But Others Are Still Thriving

Following an investigative report by the Atlantic on the prevalence of misinformation on Instagram, the company appears to be scrubbing its platform of some popular anti-vaxxer content.

In a sweeping report on misleading content and conspiracy theories at large on Instagram, the Atlantic reported Thursday that anti-vaxxer content was being surfaced on the platform through suggested follows and...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 10, 2019.

UK Health Service Chief Says 'Fake News' on Social Media Contributes to Increase in Measles Cases

UK Health Service Chief Says 'Fake News' on Social Media Contributes to Increase in Measles Cases

NHS England chief Simon Stevens is among the many officials publicly addressing the wave of social media campaigns spreading dangerous misinformation about vaccinations amid ongoing preventable outbreaks .

Speaking at a health summit on Friday, Stevens cited YouTube as well as Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp as among the platforms on which anti-vaxxers are spreading what he said was...

Victoria Song Victoria Song Jul 08, 2019.

Amazon Pulls Books Peddling Toxic 'Autism Cures'

Amazon Pulls Books Peddling Toxic 'Autism Cures'

Amazon has pulled two books peddling pseudoscientific “autism cures” that promote giving children potentially toxic chemical baths and medication for mercury poisoning.

Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism and Fight Autism and Win, the books in question, were amongst those highlighted in a recent report from Wired about Amazon carrying multiple books peddling dubious, potentially...

Robbie Gonzalez Robbie Gonzalez Jul 03, 2019.

Only 81% of Seattle Kindergartners Have Been Vaccinated for Polio

Only 81% of Seattle Kindergartners Have Been Vaccinated for Polio

“That’s lower than the 2013 polio immunization rates for 1-year-olds in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Algeria, El Salvador, Guyana, Sudan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Yemen, among other countries, according to data from the World Health Organization,” Seattle public radio station KUOW reports. This in the same state where a woman recently died of measles, marking the first U.S. death attributed to the...

Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Jun 15, 2019. 23 comments

Police Let Mom Keep Feeding Son Bleach After She Showed Them YouTube Videos, Doctor Approval

Police Let Mom Keep Feeding Son Bleach After She Showed Them YouTube Videos, Doctor Approval

Search YouTube for “Miracle Mineral Solution” or “MMS” and you will find a trove of videos about how consuming bleach will treat various illnesses—acne, flu, malaria, HIV, hepatitis, cancer, and autism.

But MMS is just chlorine dioxide—an industrial bleach. The Food and Drug Administration has warned that MMS “can cause serious harm to health” and said the agency “has received several reports...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jun 11, 2019. 9 comments

Facebook Says Natural News Got Banned For Spam, Not For Spreading Health Misinformation and Hate

Facebook Says Natural News Got Banned For Spam, Not For Spreading Health Misinformation and Hate

Natural News was banned by Facebook over the weekend, causing founder Mike Adams to call for President Donald Trump to use military action against the tech companies . But we didn’t actually know what moved Facebook to finally ban the website. Facebook now says it banned Natural News for spam.

“We removed this Page for violating our policies against spam,” a Facebook spokesperson told Gizmodo...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jun 10, 2019. 24 comments

Facebook Suspends Natural News, Founder Calls for President Trump to Use Military Against Tech Giants

Facebook Suspends Natural News, Founder Calls for President Trump to Use Military Against Tech Giants

Facebook has suspended Natural News from posting on the social media platform where it has amassed almost 3 million followers. Natural News, which pushes wild conspiracy theories and once published an injectable DIY homeopathic “vaccine ” for Ebola, had already been banned from Twitter and YouTube. The site was also blacklisted by Google in 2017 .

The Daily Beast first reported the Facebook...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jun 06, 2019. 9 comments

CDC Says Measles Cases in U.S. Have Now Reached Over 1,000 So Far in 2019

CDC Says Measles Cases in U.S. Have Now Reached Over 1,000 So Far in 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday that 1,001 cases of measles have been reported so far in the U.S. throughout 2019.

That number is all but certain to continue climbing in the second half of the year. Last week, the CDC warned that U.S. measles cases had reached a 25-year high —with more measles infections reported than any year since 1994, when 958 cases...

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